Holiday trees—The pickup of one Christmas tree is included in Saint Paul’s citywide residential trash collection program. People should place the trees next to their garbage carts on the regular collection day between January 2-15. Wrapping paper with glitter or foil, as well as tissue paper, ribbons and bows are not recyclable.
Recycle holiday lights—Old and broken string lights and miscellaneous electrical cords can be recycled by dropping them off at any Saint Paul Public Library now through January 20.
Board candidates sought—Due to several vacancies, the Highland District Council is seeking candidates to represent Grids 9 and 11 on its board of directors through April 2023, and an at-large candidate to serve through April 2024. The positions will be up for election at the board meeting in early February, and the application deadline is January 31. Learn more on the HDC website.
Workshop presenters sought—The Highland and Macalester-Groveland district councils are bringing back their home improvement fair this year under the newly titled Home Improvement Workshop Day. Presenters are now being sought to give 45-minute to one-hour workshops during the event, which will be held on March 11 at Cretin-Derham Hall. Visit macgrove.org/events/hiwd.
Upcoming meetings—Board of directors with an update from city planning director Luis Pereira, 7 p.m. Thursday, January 12; Transportation Committee with a look at Lexington Landing pedestrian safety concerns, the Lexington realignment project and West Seventh Street improvements, 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 17; and Community Development Committee with a presentation on the University of Saint Thomas’ proposed athletic complex at Highland Bridge, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 24. Meetings are held at the Highland Park Community Center, 1978 Ford Pkwy., with the option to join online. Get the Zoom link and agendas at highlanddistrictcouncil.org/calendar.
Frost Fest 2023—The Macalester-Groveland Community Council and the Saint Paul Department of Parks and Recreation will hold Frost Fest from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, January 28, at the Groveland Park Ice Rinks, 2021 Saint Clair Ave. There will be free ice skating, lessons, puck decorating, games, hot chocolate, a bonfire, treats and other activities. Visit macgrove.org/frost-fest to learn more.
Frost Fest puck hunt—The community councils’ social media and website are now offering clues to find the bronze, silver and gold hockey pucks hidden somewhere in the Macalester-Groveland neighborhood. Those who find the pucks should send a picture to firstname.lastname@example.org to win prizes from Tono’s Pizzeria, Groveland Tap and Roots Roasting. Be sure to also take the puck with you if you are the first to find it.
Goals for the new year—In 2023, the community council plans to continue working toward engagement and creation of an Equitable Development Scorecard, begin hybrid meetings, continue to expand its events and programs, welcome six residential representatives to the board of directors in April, increase its partnerships with other district councils, and engage with the public on such local issues as variance applications, multimodal transportation and safety issues.
Joining the board—During its annual meeting in April, the following representatives will be elected to the community council’s board of directors: two from Grid 2, two from Grid 4 and two at-large residential members. To learn about running for the board, email email@example.com.
Mac-Groveland pride—Locally designed Macalester-Groveland T-shirts can still be ordered online and delivered within days. Check macgrove.org/tshirts for the current availability of sizes and colors.
Upcoming meetings— board of directors on Thursday, January 12; Inclusivity Task Force on Wednesday, January 18; Transportation Committee on Monday, January 23; and Housing and Land Use Committee on Wednesday, January 25. All of the meetings will be held via Zoom at 6:30 p.m. For log-in details, visit macgrove.org/participate.
Executive director transition—The Union Park District Council’s new executive director is Leah Timberlake Sullivan. Since September 2021, she has served as the UPDC’s program manager. She succeeds Abdulrahman Wako, who served as director for more than three years and will continue in an advisory capacity this year.
Honoring Penumbra—ReConnect Rondo will honor the legacy of the Penumbra Theatre from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, January 12, at the Wilder Foundation, 451 N. Lexington Pkwy. Hostess Jamela Pettiford will perform music associated with the plays of August Wilson and members of the ReConnect Rondo planning team will share their role in creating a cultural enterprise district connected by a community land bridge. Learn more and register at tinyurl.com/muamt2x9.
Upcoming meetings—Transportation Committee, 6:30 p.m. Monday, January 16 (in-person location TBD); Neighborhood Sustainability and Vitality Committee, 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 17; and Committee on Land Use and Economic Development, 6:30 p.m. Monday, January 23. All meetings are held via Zoom (unless otherwise noted). For access information, email Leah@unionparkdc.org, or see the calendar on the website.
Contact us—The public is invited to “like” the Union Park District Council on Facebook, follow it on Twitter at @UnionParkDC, and subscribe to its e-newsletter, “Neighborhood Matters,” by emailing Leah@unionparkdc.org.
Board openings—There are currently four vacancies on the West Seventh/Fort Road Federation’s board of directors: Area I coordinator (renter), Area I coordinator, Area III coordinator and treasurer. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming meeting—Community Engagement and Outreach Committee, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, January 19. The meeting will be held via Zoom. For log-in details, visit
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